Kier has been appointed to construct a sector-leading collection management facility at the National Collections Centre in Wiltshire in the latest of its contract wins for the industrial sector. 

The new facility will transform how the Science Museum Group (SMG) manages and shares its internationally significant collection, ensuring these historic objects continue to inspire future generations. Designed with public access in mind, the new facility will open for public tours, school and research visits from 2023.

Over 300,000 items from the Science Museum Group Collection will be housed in the new 280,000ft² building. This sustainable, operationally efficient facility will set new standards for collection care and enable the SMG to share more of its collection online and in cultural institutions across the globe.

Construction work will begin at the National Collections Centre in late February 2019 and is due to be completed in early 2020.

Commenting on the award, Mark Pausey, managing director of Kier Construction Central, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the Science Museum Group to deliver this innovative project in Wiltshire, enabling increased public access to thousands of items that are not currently on display. This is another exciting scheme for Kier as we continue to expand our position in this sector.”

Sian Williams, Programme Director at the Science Museum Group, said: “We are delighted that construction will soon be underway at the National Collections Centre, creating a new permanent home for the national collection in Wiltshire. This new facility will transform public access to one of the most significant scientific collections in the world, and we can’t wait to welcome public tours, research and school visits from 2023.”

This latest win for Kier follows on from its appointment to deliver a huge 1,000,000ft² distribution centre in Bedford for developers UK Land and Property, to be used by B&M Retails Ltd as its Southern Distribution Centre.